Taylor Swift’s longtime friend and collaborator, Jack Antonoff, has expressed his thoughts on the recent departure of Scooter Braun’s high-profile clients. Antonoff shared a meme from The Sims game on his Instagram Story, featuring a female Sim engrossed in her computer while her baby Sim is engulfed in flames on the floor. The accompanying text humorously alludes to the firing of Scooter Braun by Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Idina Menzel. This lighthearted response from Antonoff highlights the ongoing drama surrounding Braun and his talent management company.
It was confirmed by Page Six that Demi Lovato parted ways with Braun and SB Projects in July. Similarly, Idina Menzel ended her professional relationship with Braun back in January, according to the Hollywood Reporter. These high-profile exits from Braun’s roster raised eyebrows and contributed to the speculation surrounding his management methods.
Another artist rumored to be leaving Scooter Braun is Justin Bieber, who has been under the talent manager since 2006. While Bieber’s representatives denied these reports, other sources claimed that there might be some truth to them. The uncertainty surrounding Bieber’s future with Braun adds to the intrigue and speculation surrounding the situation.
Billboard reported that Ariana Grande, who has been with Braun for the past ten years, was seeking new management. However, a source refuted these claims, stating that Braun and Grande are still working together. The insider clarified that Braun is taking a step back from the day-to-day management, but SB Projects is still responsible for handling both Grande and Bieber. These conflicting reports and the ongoing negotiations add fuel to the fire surrounding Braun’s role as a manager.
It is impossible to discuss the drama surrounding Braun without mentioning Taylor Swift. In 2019, Swift publicly criticized Braun after he acquired the rights to her master recordings. She took to Tumblr to express her frustration, stating that Braun had stripped her of her life’s work. The controversy prompted Swift to embark on the journey of re-recording her first six albums to regain control over her music. Antonoff, who has been a key collaborator of Swift’s, has worked on several of these re-recorded albums.
Although Braun eventually sold Swift’s masters for a substantial sum, his acquisition prompted the pop superstar to take action. She has re-released her albums “Fearless,” “Speak Now,” and “Red,” which all bear Antonoff’s production touch. Furthermore, Swift and Antonoff have continued their successful partnership on albums like “Folklore,” “Evermore,” and the highly anticipated “1989 (Taylor’s Version).” With the release of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” scheduled for October 27, the anticipation among fans is at an all-time high.
Jack Antonoff’s lighthearted response to the departures of Scooter Braun’s clients highlights the ongoing drama surrounding Braun and his talent management company. Demi Lovato and Idina Menzel’s exits, along with the rumored departure of Justin Bieber, have added to the speculation and uncertainty. Amidst all this drama, Taylor Swift’s public feud with Braun remains a significant factor, prompting her to re-record her master recordings. As Swift and Antonoff continue their successful collaboration, fans eagerly await the release of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” and the next chapter in this ongoing saga.